To probably no one’s surprise, I voted for Obama. But this ad from film director Joss Whedon makes me think maybe that wasn’t such a hot idea.
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Zombie Marie Curie weighs in on women in science. Teach your children, yo.
Sunday, October 31, 2010 5:08 pm
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… for this:
Today presents you with a chance to get in on the ground floor of a new comic series.
About six feet under the ground floor, technically.
The series is I, Zombie, described by its publisher Vertigo as a mix of zombie girl detective, urban fantasy and romantic dramedy.
And people say literature is dead.
Friday, February 19, 2010 2:34 pm
… for my iPhoning friends, the ACME Zombie Detector app!
And for those without iPhones. (h/t Tony Ledford)
Thursday, January 28, 2010 9:14 pm
The ultimate Miller Time: Earlier this month, Harriet Ames turned 100 and then scratched the last item, getting her college diploma, off her bucket list. The next day, that sheepskin in her hand, she died.
To the best of my ability, I will never again say a bad word about the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Conflict of interest?: The New York Times isn’t commenting on a report that the son of its Jerusalem bureau chief is serving in the Israeli military. I understand the problems that publication of this fact, if fact it be, is likely to create for the editor and the paper, as well as the possible security threat for the son and his unit if in fact this is the case. But this isn’t something the Times can ignore or stonewall.
Sen. Judd Gregg: PWNED!!111!!: Gregg, who has been pimping this idea of a bipartisan deficit-reduction commission to shield Congress from the political liability of making tough decisions, shows why he needs the shield when MSNBC’s Melissa Francis, whose work will never keep the Peabody Award people up nights, asks him to name something he’d cut from the budget and he refuses to answer. (To say nothing of the fact that he hems and haws around the question of cutting education spending when that has practically been Job 1 for the GOP since Reagan. Brother, please.)
But you don’t want to reward them, either: Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz says we not only need a lot more stimulus spending, we need it targeted where it will provide a decent rate of return if we’re going to be able to reduce our debt long-term. And where would that be? Technology, infrastructure, education — all the things the Republicans have been trying, by and large, not to fund. Even a ROI of 6% will help pay off long-term debt. But the ROI on spending on banks is 0%. You listening, Mr. President?
Conservative victimization: Obama calls out the Supreme Court for its wrongheaded, wrongly reached ruling in a wrongly accepted case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and the wingnuts accuse the president of trying to “intimidate” the conservative activist wing of the Court. Questions, for the wingnuts (which is most of ‘em) who spent eighth-grade civics out back smoking dope: How, exactly, do you go about intimidating someone who already has been confirmed to a lifetime appointment? And how easily intimidated do you have to be to hold such a job and still be intimidated by … well, pretty much anything?
The cops lied, and fortunately, 12 of 14 jurors were willing to do something about it. I’ll say it again: I have too much respect for good cops to have any tolerance for bad ones.
In many important ways, the United States sucks compared to other countries, and it is important to remind ourselves of that. On the other hand, we — alone, I believe, among industrialized countries, and I’d be sad to be wrong about that but not for the reason you probably think — have given corporations more rights and fewer freedoms than people, so we’ve got that going for us.
Bigotry in Malawi: A gay couple in that country are being held “for their own safety” in jail. Where they’re being beaten up.
“I’ve never actually played FarmVille, but any game worth playing has to have Pork Knights”: How to Suck at Facebook.
The Great American Interrogation Disaster, from the man who may know more about interrogation than anyone else alive.
Memo to Andrew Breitbart from the Universe: Payback’s a bitch.
You may be a mansplainer if …: Consider me warned.
Freeloaders: In Moscow, stray dogs use the subway. For free. For real.
Britain’s libel laws are much stricter than America’s. There’s just one problem.
America loves Brett Favre: How much? More than anything that wasn’t a Super Bowl since the “Seinfeld” finale in May 1998.
Huge loss: Journalist Joe Galloway is hanging up his notepad. In recent years, Americans who have worn the uniform and those who wear it still have had no better friend.
Huger loss: J.D. Salinger, RIP.
I have just found the one college course even cooler than my employer’s “Ten Greatest Pop Songs of the Past 50 Years”: ZDI.001: Introduction to Zombie Defense. I forwarded this to several friends, one of whom said she also would post it and added, “I’m also going to read closely for practical purposes.”
And in that vein, I love people who think like this: Seated with Michelle Obama during the State of the Union was 18-year-old high-school senior Li Boynton, who’s researching ways to test water for purity. After reading Life of Pi, a novel about a guy stranded in the middle of the ocean, Boynton designed a solar-distillation device in case the same thing ever happened to her. She was in fifth grade.
And, finally, this is genius: Dante’s Internet:
Sunday, December 20, 2009 11:28 pm
How do you surge?: McClatchy’s Nancy Youssef talks about some of the logistics issues, primarily the strain being put on facilities at Bagram and Kandahar that were never meant to handle as much as they’re handling now, let alone what they’ll be asked to handle as the surge begins. One issue among many: sewage. Ew.
Poetry corner: “Joezymandias”
Worst ideas of the decade, per the WaPo. Ed adds Invading Iraq without a Plan, Market Worship, and Vampire Saturation. I think Vampire Saturation wasn’t an idea so much as something that just sort of happened. However, I think a Zombie Apocalypse is a fabulous idea, and I’ll keep you posted as to my progress in that regard.
Best U.S. political analysis by someone too young to remember Nixon and too drunk to make sense, from commenter R-Jud at Balloon Juice: “To answer the question, ‘Were people this stupid before Nixon?’: of course. They just didn’t have a huge, completely subservient, instantaneous multimedia complex capable of giving them airspace or feeding them the latest catchphrases. Another thought: you could say that the people cynically manipulating the crazies, as Nixon did, have died off or faded away over the last 40 years, and in their place we’ve been electing a bunch of the true-believing crazies, who’ve grown up on the Republican groupthink their entire lives. The crazy just keeps boiling down and down to its pure essence.”
Oh, is THAT all?: I blogged on the day it happened that the Supremes had refused to grant cert in Rasul et al. v. Myers et al., in which some Guantanamo detainees had sued Donald Rumsfeld and 10 military officials for having been tortured. At the time, I was hoping that SCOTUSblog, usually the go-to source for interpretation and analysis of high-court decisions, would fill in the contextual gap. As of this writing, that hasn’t happened. But the detainees’ attorneys — who, to state the obvious, have an interest — and Empire Burlesque say the Supremes, agreeing with the Obama Justice Department, which, unconscionably, agreed with the Bush Justice Department before it, have effectively decided that military detainees abroad “are not persons” and therefore “have no right not to be tortured.” Now, aren’t you glad you voted for change?
Before you praise Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., as a “fiscal conservative,” note this.
“I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier”: Way-cool video from Airventure 2009, to the tune of The Killers’ “All These Things I’ve Done” (h/t: Fred):
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 9:02 pm
Setting: My study, a few nights ago. DADDY is doing banking and/or bill-paying, I can’t remember exactly. Enter HOOPER.
Hooper: Daddy, I had a nightmare. (crawls into my lap; snuggles)
Daddy: I’m sorry, buddy. Do you remember what it was about?
Hooper: Yes. (pause) Zombie mines.
Daddy: What? ‘Zombie mines’?
Hooper: Yeah. (pause) Not the mines like you dig. The other kind.
Daddy: The kind that blow up?
Hooper: No. The kind that wear makeup.
Daddy: (understanding slowly dawning) Oooooohhhh. Zombie mimes.
Hooper: Yes. Those. I was scared of them.
Daddy: Well, I would be, too, buddy. But it’s OK. They’re not real. It was just a dream. (trundles Hooper back off to bed)
* * *
Only here’s the thing.
First, if a mime was a zombie, how, at any safe distance, could you tell it from a normal mime? Is there some special mimetic gesture that’s the equivalent of droning, “BRRRRAAAAAAAIIIIIINNNNNNSSSSSSSS”? And if so, why haven’t we been warned?
Second, that night, I also dreamed of zombie mimes. And they were, indeed, scary.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 8:18 pm
… but I’ve had had more fun doing it on this updated edition:
(h/t: Stinging Nettle)
UPDATE: If this isn’t the first sentence of the book, it should be: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a dead man in possession of a flesh-eating habit, must be in want of a bullet to the brain.”
Friday, November 14, 2008 8:41 pm
For your consideration, a 9 1/2-minute zombie film written by Nancy Nall (see my blogroll). (Some language, and a lot of gore, NSFW)
Hey, *I* laughed. Because, you know, zombies.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 8:10 pm
I Twitter, although almost exclusively for work and not as often as I should. I also follow a few friends and co-workers who Twitter, and courtesy of John Newsom, here’s what a Twitter feed might look like during a zombie attack. Because, and I think Ginmar would agree (although she’s even more partial to werewolves), you can never blog, or Twitter, too much about zombies.